The essays are all very polished, extremely informative and give a most interesting cross-section of themes.
All of the essays here are of high quality and display a careful, probing reading of problematic sources. Far from being simply a series of microhistories, these essays, viewed collectively, highlight important issues in the study of the Inquisition, the role of women, and the complexities of familial and social relations in the early modern period.
Rather than just recounting trial records, Women in the Inquisition places Spanish women's experiences in a broad social and historical setting. Giles clearly presents the different categories of women's experience: converso women, alumbradas, and women in the New World. Women in the Inquisition will be of interest to teachers of European history courses who want to add more women's voices and to women's studies instructors as well.